We are building a custom pool and we're going to install it in Times Square. Starting May 28, I will swim in one lane for 48 continuous hours. In the lane next to me, we will invite all kinds of notable New Yorkers to do a few laps.
Trumka lays down a searing challenge to the right-wing economic royalists who are funding climate change denial: "We must embrace science, and I am here to say that climate change is real and climate change is dangerous."
"Your heart weeps for their suffering," said Sen. Ted Cruz, who toured the disaster area on Friday with Sen. John Cornyn. It feels wrong to talk politics when they're still looking for bodies, but a respectful silence would only reward Cruz and Cornyn for their putrid hypocrisy.
Rising sea level is what linked Sandy directly to global warming. Over the last century, the ocean off the New York coast rose 13 to 16 inches, making flooding from Sandy a lot worse.
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Today at Bellevue Hospital there will be a joyful celebration when the ReadMobile will deliver the books to the children and restore the much loved library to its original abundance. When the families will read their much loved books together and the children will smile, even in spite of whatever pain they are suffering.
Cristina, a vendor in Brooklyn, was out of work for more than two weeks and lost nearly $1,500 in inventory. Shawn, also in the Bronx, had started as a vendor just a month before the storm, and he couldn't afford to restock.
Christie boxed himself in by dismissing the causes of climate change as too hypothetical before Sandy slammed into his state, and now lacks the running room to tell people the hard truth that barriers islands in the Atlantic are no longer a safe place for communities.
Year-round projects coordinated by New York Cares that volunteers can get involved with include job readiness, tutoring and reading via local community centers, libraries and social service agencies.
I kept walking to South Street Seaport, a place I hadn't been since I was very young. But not so young that I forgot what it was like. Bars were open and people strolled through a mid-summer night breeze off the East River. This was no longer the case.
In 2007, a financial firestorm ravaged Wall Street and the rest of the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy obliterated a substantial chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. We think of the first as a man-made calamity, the second as the malignant innocence of nature.
North Carolina is paving the way to make more of these nasty, irresolvable human tragedies inevitable. But is the counsel -- 'don't seek to stabilize the climate, plan for its chaos' -- sincere on the right?
Coney Island has often been the phoenix rising from its ashes and Nathan's was the beacon that highlighted its return.
When the six month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy arrives, it will be marked by homes that have yet to be rebuilt, possessions that have yet to be replaced, and lives that have yet to be mended.
He said, "Do you know the artist ? He's actually deceased. He was young." As soon as I saw the name on the wall, Ján Mančuška , I had this sudden and sad recollection. I had neglected to tell Mančuška that his work really made an impression on me several years back when we were in a show together.